The Beginning of Lent: Ash Wednesday

  On Wednesday, March 1st, in almost all the Catholic churches everywhere around Guatemala, Ash Wednesday (Miércoles de Ceniza) is celebrated. For many Christian traditions, this day marks the beginning of Lent, the period of 40 days of preparation to relive the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Ash (ceniza in Spanish, from the Latin cinis) is […]

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Costumes and Carnaval

One day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday is the traditional celebration of Carnaval. This day is variously known in English-speaking countries as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or Mardi Gras, and this year it falls on Tuesday, February 28TH . In many towns, neighborhoods, and schools here in Guatemala, children dress up in costumes and […]

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